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New problem just encountered. When I shut the car off, the ignition cylinder won't go all the way back to release the key. It will start, and I've turned the steering wheel back and forth with it running so it's not the locked column you can get sometimes. I have to think this is an adjustment that has to do with having the car in park. My reverse light adjustment is also a bit off. Can someone please give me some quick pointers. Especially on the key removal? Thanks!!

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Chris -  Born in '73 - Drive a '73 / Former U.S. Army 63B10-H8 / 1st Infantry Division - The Big Red One

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It's likely the lock rod adjustment. If it's not in the correct position, when in Park, it won't allow the key to be turned all the way to the lock position and the key removed.

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I read this on another post from 2014 and it worked with ease. 

The ignition lock collar and mechanism are either out of adjustment or disconnected. Just grab the ring ( the part of the column an inch or so behind the steering wheel) and turn it counter-clockwise as far as it will go...your key should be able to be turned back and removed now.

Chris -  Born in '73 - Drive a '73 / Former U.S. Army 63B10-H8 / 1st Infantry Division - The Big Red One

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Any way to permanently remedy this? I searched the site, but didn't come up with much. Thanks! 

Chris -  Born in '73 - Drive a '73 / Former U.S. Army 63B10-H8 / 1st Infantry Division - The Big Red One

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You can reinstall the backdrive rod from the shift linkage to the column - if it will clear your headers. In the past, I've used a zip tie through the lever on the column to any handy location on the firewall. 

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1 hour ago, Hemikiller said:

You can reinstall the backdrive rod from the shift linkage to the column - if it will clear your headers. In the past, I've used a zip tie through the lever on the column to any handy location on the firewall. 

Thanks! I'll look into that. I know I threw something out of adjustment when I replaced the engine and tranny mounts. Just wasn't sure what. I do have Hooker long tubes, but nothing hitting them currently. 

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If you have a backdrive rod installed the collar on your column will rotate when you move the shifter out of Park. If the collar doesn't move when you move the shifter somebody has already tossed the bacckdrive rod in the trash...

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Good to see this. My 1973 Mach 1 is 4 speed. Since I took apart and cleaned I have same issue you cannot get the key out. Tried moving the ignition switch but did not work. I was on it some today. My neck does not like under dash work.

 

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